No Season 5 for the hospital drama.
October 13, 2017
Word is out this evening that NBC has cancelled The Night Shift after four seasons. The medical drama premiered in 2014 with a decent, but short, eight-episode summer stint. The network ended up sticking with the series and expanded its episode counts for the next three seasons, where it aired as a midseason and summer entry.
The Night Shift followed a war veteran and adrenaline junkie who works the overnight shift at San Antonio Memorial Hospital. He and his irreverent team of doctors always do what it takes to get their jobs done, but also know how to let off a little steam with a prank here and there.
I did watch the whole series from beginning to end, and I don't tend to watch medical shows. I really liked a lot of the characters/actors from the very beginning . It also always felt like a lighter medical show as opposed to ER or Code Black - neither of which I could enjoy. Night Shift always felt half character/half medical which worked for me. I LOVED TC's use of field techniques, and I very much enjoyed the family formed by the common military link.
But.... towards the end, having characters overseas for huge blocks of time and constantly revamping the characters and the hospital added to the stress of waiting for the yearly cancellation/ renewal announcement.
@Steve S: You asked if you missed much by not watching. Given the large number of shows to choose from these days, you probably didn't. If you do have time and like character based medical shows, give the 1st few episodes a try. At least you won't have to worry about it being cancelled. I hope tracyfitz checks this page out again. I would enjoy her answers to your questions.
I really liked the military respect aspect of the show, esp. the episode that had military actors and people behind the scene. Some of the medical stuff really pushed science but that isn't new for hospital shows.
I had read what you wrote about Salvation in the second time I went to that thread. I realized I shouldn't have gone back as there was then too much info (all my mistake but I wanted to know if I shoukd keep watching). You didn't spill the beans but in fact gave the most useful information. I'm more forgiving of some series that end with unfinished business than maybe I used to be, or I think you are, but I can still be quite pissed off when a show is left without at least mostly finishing the plot they've been working. If something happens in the last episode only, to tie it to a future one for anticipation, but it gets cancelled, I don't fret.
There are so many episodes of Salvation, I'm taking your advice to heart and will put it on hold. There's I chance I may have to drop it. I'm too ambituous trying to watch too many things in too little time.
Sorry to hear about the hurricane problems - I'm in earthquake land - knock on wood. My DVR is deteriorating and at some point I'm going to lose my cache of unwatched recordings. Shame on the cable company for providing no way out.
Thanks for your excellent review of Good Behavior! I see you didn't like it as much as me. For most shows in its category, I wouldn't like or watch unless they were very well done. It gets everything right for me - the two leads are stellar - writing is perfect (although if I had only read the script, there's a good chance I would be unimpressed) - it superbly produced - and most importantly, it is one of the funniest shows I've ever watched. Bye for now Suzanne!
Returning control back to Night Shift -
Which was a long way of explaining that I absolutely WILL check out Inhumans. It just might take me a while. I also watch old shows like Mannix, Ironside, and Cannon which is a lot to keep up with!
I will also be waiting for Good Behavior to wrap up its season before getting to season 2. I would probably have tried to stay current, but our 2 year stint with Neilsen hookups ended in Aug. (And yes, that is one reason I am so neurotic about only 72hrs counting!) I am quite excited to see where they take it. I'm not sure if the connection with the mortuary is completely cut. If he can't rebuild that bridge, it will completely change his process. I did binge all of season 1 when you suggested it. Frankly, I check out anything you recommend because so far, I have always agreed!
***possible spoilers though I doubt anyone on this thread cares!
You asked for a review of Good Behavior. I liked the humor and character development. It is tough to write and cast characters with flaws such as they have and still be sympathetic. Somehow it worked and the humor tempered a pretty dark concept. I especially liked the fact that the mother wasn't just a shrew. She was a grandma who loved the child, but also loved her daughter even though she had to put protecting the child first. They could have had grandma fight selfishly for her grand daughter. I actually expected that. Instead she actually put her love of family ahead of her own needs when it came right down to it. To bad more people in real life don't put the kids first-no matter what it costs them. (Hopefully that all made sense)
My favorite thing about the show is general. I just REALLY appreciate shows that have beginnings, middles, and ends, but still leave room for follow-up seasons if appropriate. That way someone can watch just 1 season and feel satisfied or continue if they wish.
I'm sure the poster whose trashing of Inhumans included the lack of plot didn't even watch the entire first episode and likely didn't even watch a quarter of it. There's no other way this is possible which leads me to want to slam people for slamming shows they barely watched (or didn't watch) without stating how much they did watch. Many times I've criticized a show and said I only watched 15 minutes or whatever.
The first episode of Inhumans ran two hours which I didn't know until close to an hour in. I'm going to state how I remember it but my times could easily be a bit off. I think the first half hour was all setup and I figured it would probably be the last episode I watched. Many times I make quick decisions but sometimes I'm busy doing things and leave something on. The case here was I wanted to watch the first episode regardless. I'm not partcularly attracted to the genre and the only super hero comic I've ever watched and watch is Legends of Tomorrow and it's completely and utterly throwaway.
Within perhaps the second half-hour, a plot revealed itself and took off. At the half-way point (one hour), I wanted more and was pleased to have discovered it was an extended episode.
I've liked it ever since because it has a developing continuing plot and I happen to like the characters. It's standard fare, typical stuff, one can easily like it or not. I like it and I just watched the latest episode and they said there are only three more episodes. Darn. Wow - it seems to be going really fast.
Things I watch usually get cancelled - maybe most of us feel that way. Rarely do I look up ratings - I just come here to check renewals and cancels. Suzanne, if you watched Good Behavior, give me a little review. And should you watch any of Inhumans, like it or not, let me know sometime somwhere in the future.
I know I also regularly ask advice before getting into a show. So far I don't think anyone has complained THANK goodness. I watch such a wide range of shows that it is nice to be able to adjust my expectations which then , of course, adjusts my enjoyment of shows. With 2 such vastly disparate opinions, I guess it is a good thing I didn't delete In humans yet.
And most importantly, assuming you are the same Steve S who is a fan of Good Behavior among other things, nice to see your post! (I know there are tons of variations of Steve, Steven, S etc)
The next episode airs shortly. I may post again tomorrow after watching it if there's anything new to add without revealing plot.
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